96 Free Things To Do In Sacramento

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Mix 96 wants to share all of the fun activities going on in and around the Sacramento area for you and your family to enjoy for free! Be sure to check back often to find new and updated free activities and events going on in your area.


1. Macy’s Theatre of Lights

Old Sacramento – 1002 2nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Date: Thursdays-Sundays 6:15pm & 7:45pm
Opening Night (11/26) 6pm
Special performances (12/22 & 12/23) 6:15pm & 7:45pm
Christmas Eve (12/24) 6:15pm
New Year’s Eve (12/31) 7pm & 8:30pm

Experience the holiday magic of Old Sacramento’s 6th Annual Theatre of Lights! The free outdoor performances artfully mix the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable and visually-exciting holiday experience for all visitors.

With new storytelling elements incorporated this year, Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights blends a symphony of lights, sounds, and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poemThe Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually-exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings.

As you plan your visit to Old Sacramento be sure to take advantage of their validation program and free* holiday parking.

2. 26th Annual Gingerbread Holiday: Gingerbread Houses

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – 1200 Front Street 

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dec 15, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm (Mon)
Dec 16, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm (Tue)
Dec 17, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm (Wed)
Dec 18, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm (Thu)
Dec 19, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm (Fri)
Dec 20, 2014: 10 am – 4 pm (Sat)
Dec 21, 2014: 12 pm – 4 pm (Sun)

Come and see dozens of sweet confections on display at the 26th Annual Gingerbread Holiday gingerbread house display. There will be houses, mansions, shacks and other gingerbread structures created by school children, families, bakery academy students and adults. Entries are made of spicy gingerbread, cookies, candies and imagination! Vote for your favorite entry!

Selected entries will be presented to Sacramento Children’s Home, Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, the Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Sacramento Crisis Nursery.

3. Holiday Happy Hour

East Sac Mercantile – 3257 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819

Date: Thursday, December 18th

Time: 4pm-7pm

The artists of East Sac Mercantile will provide hors d’oeuvres and wine for their neighbors. Everyone who has supported East Sac Mercantile with a purchase between November 28 and December 18 will be entered in a drawing for a Limo Light Tour of the Fabulous Forties.

Join East Sac Mercantile as they give back to our supporters and celebrate the season.

4. Museum Free Days at Maidu

Maidu Museum & Historic Site – 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive 

Roseville, CA 95661

Date: Dec. 16 – 18 (Tues. – Thurs.)

Time: 9 – 4 pm

Visit the Maidu Museum & Historic Site to Grind acorns, make a beaded bracelet, or try the scavenger hunt. Bring the whole family and enjoy the contemporary art galleries and interactive exhibits inside the museum. Walk outside along the 5/8 mile trail through the ancient Maidu site to see petroglyphs, bedrock mortar holes, and native plants and animals.

Enjoy hot coffee and guided tours at 10am and 1pm. Be sure to check out the gift shop for unique holiday finds.

5. Sunrise Mall Farmers’ Market

Sunrise Mall – 6041 Sunrise Mall Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Date: Saturday, Dec. 20

Time: 8am-1pm

Head to the Sunrise Mall for a farmers’ market jam-packed with specialty food vendors, locally grown produce, and Sacramento-area crafters!  Live musical performances, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, and more await!  This is an outdoor event that is suitable for the entire family–including your dog!

Note: This market is located behind Sears.

6. Indie Craft Fair Presents Merry Market

Shine – 1400 E Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Date: Sunday, Dec. 21

Time: 12 – 4 pm

It’s the holiday season — have you finished up your Christmas shopping? 12 local vendors will be selling vintage clothing, jewelry, body care, candles, soaps and more. The Roaming Spoon will also be selling delicious vegan eats, and Shine Cafe will be serving up hot chocolate, coffee and pastry’s from local bakeries.

Note: Please bring cash as some vendors only accept cash.

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